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Welcome to Perfect Saturday, a weekly Racked feature in which we outline the best places to shop and spend the afternoon in a particular neighborhood, starting with brunch and ending—who knows!
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The mere mention of the Meatpacking District is divisive: you either love it or hate it. If you've given up on the area because of its scene-y bridge-and-tunnel rep, you might want to give it another chance—especially by day. Its already-strong shopping game has become more interesting over the past two years with some exciting (and unexpected) new openings.
It also has serious culinary bragging rights, and an eclectic stylish vibe that's complemented by its cobblestone streets and luxe bar options. We daresay the area is fun again.
↑ Words like "rustic," "cozy," and "pretty ridiculously chic" come to mind when you think of Montmartre (158 Eighth Avenue), an undeniably delicious spot that will make you feel like you're in, well, Montmartre. Settle into an understated table surrounded by a garden vibe and indulge in an egg croissant with gruyere, crème fraîche pancakes, or the Eater-recommend chicken and waffles. [Photo by Driely S.]
↑When you think of Meatpacking District shopping, it's often heavy-hitter, single-brand stores. But new shop In Support Of (342 West 13th Street) is joining neighborhood favorite Owen in offering up an eclectically curated selection of indie brands that keep you ahead of the curve. The store plans to feature charity-driven events and designer collabs in the future—keep an eye out for the chance to do some good while snatching up statement pieces from Louise Amstrup, Nomia and A Détacher. [Photo by Driely S.]
↑Speaking of Owen (809 Washington Street), the store is a must-visit if you're looking for an instant cool-factor upgrade for your wardrobe, or even just some serious fashion inspiration. The shop has been supplying the neighborhood—and the entire city—with impossibly chic pieces that range from laid-back to street-style status since 2012. You'll find the likes of Acne, Jonathan Simkhai, Shakuhachi, Ostwald Helgason, and much more. [Photo by Driely S.]
↑Strolling through this area and not hitting Scoop NYC (430 West 14th Street) is a misstep, especially since they're in the midst of their famous "closet clean-up" sale, where prices start at just $19 and cap off at an incredibly reasonable $149. The shop is favored by style-savvy city dwellers and A-list starlets alike, thanks to its smart mix of brands like Rag & Bone, Mary Katrantzou, Equipment, Opening Ceremony, Carven, Suno, Stella McCartney... and the list goes on. [Photo by Driely S.]
↑Another can't-miss destination in this 'hood? You can't come to the Meatpacking District and not pay one of the queens of fashion some homage. Swing by Diane von Furstenberg (874 Washington Street). There's a reason all things DVF are such must-haves—whether you choose one of the beloved classic wrap dresses, a printed tote, or a glamorous beach cover-up, the end result promises to be timeless and incredibly flattering. [Photo by Driely S.]
↑When you can't decide if you'd rather spend the afternoon burning off brunch or breathing off the week's stresses, a place like Exhale Spa (Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Avenue) is a dream come true. Start with their popular core fusion barre class, or really up the ante with the cardio version. Then unwind with a facial, massage, or special therapy like the spa's signature "Thai stretch," a fusion of yoga, stretching, acu-pressure and relaxation, and finish by pampering with a manicure. [Photo by Driely S.]
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